Monday, April 21, 2014


Hi All :)

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying life :)

For the past few years now I have been keeping score of how many photos I take each year with my Nikon camera and also sharing with you some of the photos that I really haven't had time to share before as the year whizzed by so quickly! (Don't they all, lol :)

So, for the record I only took approx. 7,000 photos in 2013 compared to the previous years that is way down but still, I got some great shots and feel good about my work progressing :)

You can see the previous posts and photos here; 2012, 2011 and 2010 :)

        Well, I usually do this post at the end of January and so I know I am like nearly 3 months behind with posting these images but here                                      is my 2013 in Photos :)

(it is really hard to just pick 2 photos for each month to share with you guys but you don't want to be here for a whole year looking at them, LOL!!! :)

                               I Hope you enjoy them :)


                                                 click on photos to see larger images :)

New Years Day in Lake Oswego, Oregon. A bright but chilly start to the year :) This is a little glimpse of the Willamette River, the photo is of these old pilings (the birds love to sit on them ) the trees from upstream were getting caught up in them but a few days later (as the river was running so quickly) these trees were gone. (SOOC SHOT)

Later into January I looked out of my bedroom window one morning and saw a very frosty Oak Tree, we were in for a cold spell :(


And so the cold frost continued into February :(

And continued...............(my poor Wisteria)


So, it was time to go off to sunny California, get away from the cold and celebrate my B.Day :) 
If you want to see the San Diego photos you can see them HERE :)

We came home to lots and lots of rain but a few weeks later out came the Daffodils and the Grape hyacinths in the garden, oh and the sun too! YAY!! :) (SOOC SHOT)


I LOVE the way this building in Portland is painted, so bright and cheery, we need it! So many houses are painted in "Northwest" colours, so they are dark and dreary :(  (SOOC SHOT)
(You all know my house is painted yellow right :)

My Hubby & I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anni in 2013, a milestone for sure :) I would not let him order flowers (yes, I am that bossy, lol :) So, he bought these, at the local store, for me instead, so pretty :) (SOOC SHOT)
If you missed the Wedding Photos you can see them HERE :)


In May, we headed to the Midwest to celebrate our Son's college Graduation, you can see those photos HERE :) 
Oh, we flew into Chicago and took a little road trip first; we were driving around looking for somewhere to eat and I noticed the sun setting behind this roller-coaster at the Six Flags in Gurnee, Il. It made me giggle because our family's fav. Christmas movie in "Christmas Vacation"; Eddie says; "....gas money give out in Gurnee" LOL!!!  :) (SOOC SHOT)

Windmill in Holland, Michigan :)


In all the years I have been growing Poppies, I have never seen one that has literally just "hatched" I was so excited, of course I grabbed my camera :) (SOOC SHOT)

We see a LOT of clouds in Oregon but for me this was so unusual because they literally came right down onto the road. Believe me there are some Mounts and hills behind that mass. (SOOC SHOT)


I added a textural layer over this photo of our garden shed :)

We stopped at this small park off Hwy. 18 on the way to the Oregon Coast; I just loved how still the water was making the reflections amazing :) (SOOC SHOT)


I had to show you at least one Rose shot; this one is in my back garden, I LOVE it :) (SOOC SHOT)

I LOVE taking photos of building, this one has a tree growing inside of it and a creeper inside behind the door. It is made of a mix match of things. (Portland Oregon) (SOOC SHOT)


Party Table (unfortunately not for me) at my fav. winery (PONZI) in Wine Country, Oregon :) 

"Mouse Party" These are my fav. I love the shape and colours, I had the pink one for a long time and then of course when I needed to get another one they had discontinued the pink, WHAT!!!! I freaked out and bought the last red one I could find and multiple blue ones, I think I am covered for a while, lol :) 


On a bright Sunny Fall Day driving around the neighborhood I spied these lovely California Poppies in full bloom growing at the bottom of a telegraph pole, so cool :) 

As I was crossing the mighty Columbia River via the "Bridge of the Gods" heading to Skamania Lodge, I looked West and quickly took this shot as the sun had just set and the gorge was flooded with so many lovely colours :) (SOOC SHOT)


This shot was taken well into November (in Portland), I couldn't believe these beautiful Autumn leaves were still so bright and colourful and hanging in there :)

The beautiful morning Fall light glowing thru the Oak Trees in our back garden :) Shot taken thru my bedroom window :) (SOOC SHOT)


Vintage Dakin Pom Pom Santa Xmas Tree Ornament :) (story behind this next blog post or you would be here all year, lol  :)

Xmas twinkle lights in a park in Lake Oswego, Oregon :) 

So, again, this past year I have been working with multi layering photography, as well as challenging myself to continue my quest to produce beautiful imagery with SOOC (Straight out of camera) and no flash photos.

So, I hope you enjoyed my 2013 Year in Photos :)

Let me know what you think :)

Have a lovely Monday :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Clocks, Pillow Covers and Cards in my Etsy Shop :)

Hi All :)

I hope your week is going well :)

I just wanted to share with you some of the new items I have in my Etsy Photography Shop, right now. :)

Here is a NEW LINE of Wall Clocks with my Photography on the Face of the Clock :)

 I love the way they look and with the options to have Black, White or Natural Frames and the options of Black or White Hands, there are lots of fun looks to choose from :)

Take a Look :)

Click on Photo for larger image :)

I also added a few NEW Pretty Spring Pillow Covers to my Collection; they are also in my Etsy Photography Shop, right now :)

AND, not to leave out the GUYS, I added those 2 Pillow Covers for them ('Cuz they want to be cosy too! :)

Lastly, I wanted to share with you my NEW LINE of Greeting Cards with my Photography on them. I have been wanting to do this for a long time and am so happy with the results. I LOVE the quality of the card stock and that each cards comes with an envelope too :)

Here are the one's I have listed in a MIX AND MATCH posting, you can buy one or more or MIX AND MATCH :)

I created Floral one's first and then realized they would be perfect for Mother's Day :)
(HINT! HINT! LOL!!!! :) 


To buy "LADY" or any of the other cards below, check them out HERE! :)

I Hope you enjoyed viewing all the NEW products and additions to my Etsy Shop :)


You know I LOVE all of you for being so supportive and sticking with me thru the years :) So, I am offering a special coupon code in my Etsy Photography Shop just for my Blogger Buddies for 20% off any Pillow Cover (coupon will not expire, so you can use it whenever you choose, now or even over the Xmas Holiday Season (unless there is another Sale going on at the time, lol :)

Coupon code is BLOGGERBUDDIES14 Of Course :)

Have a Wonderful Weekend :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.